Mar 15, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
By Emily Wakefield
Introducing Kiva City Little Rock!
We are thrilled to announce that Little Rock has been added to our list of Kiva Cities this morning! Partnering with Visa Inc. and Accion Texas, Kiva is now giving lenders the opportunity to support small businesses and entrepreneurs in Little Rock, Arkansas with as little as $25.

The beauty of Kiva City Little Rock is that it is driven by local people with local solutions for starting or expanding small businesses and stimulating job growth.

“This initiative gives everyone a chance to help support local jobs and businesses in Little Rock,” said President Premal Shah. “Every dollar lent to a small business helps create jobs in local communities, which in turn supports other local businesses. As small businesses grow and expand, local economies improve, helping to support schools, city services and more vibrant and sustainable communities.”

We are also excited to join forces with San Antonio nonprofit and business-support services organization Accion Texas. Established in 1994, Accion has helped entrepreneurs throughout the region strengthen their businesses, stabilize their incomes, create employment, and contribute to economic revitalization of their communities. Since its inception, it has made nearly 13,000 loans amounting to over $143 million. It began operations in Little Rock in 2011.

With generous support from Visa, Kiva City Little Rock will help increase financial opportunity for small business owners who have had limited to no access to credit -- connecting entrepreneurs with Kiva's network of nearly 1 million lenders.

Kiva City Little Rock joins Kiva Cities in D.C., Los Angeles, Detroit, and New Orleans.

Make a loan to a Little Rock borrower today and make a huge difference for a small business and its surrounding community.

Have questions about Kiva City Little Rock or the Kiva City program? Send them our way at blog@kiva.org.

Comments

How do you go about getting loans to start business? There is no where to enter your idea or business plan on site to find loan.

Take a look at https://zip.kiva.org/borrow

James question is right. There's no explanation on the site about inscribing as a borrower.

Take a look at https://zip.kiva.org/borrow

At the bottom of this page there's a section for About Us. You can click the link for Contact Us. Then from there send an email to Kiva, and remember to select the very first topic: 'Applying for a loan'.

So great to see Kiva come to my great hometown of Little Rock, to see people I grew up with, and to see these awesome small businesses getting off the ground and making a difference in Arkansas. Wooooo pig sooie!

I t is great that small business owners too are getting the leverage the require to begin their set-up. Thanks for sharing.

I put in my information to be contacted regarding a loan several days ago and I have not heard back from anyone. I am looking for information on how to obtain a loan. How long does it normally take before someone gets back with you? Thanks! Jayme

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Emily Wakefield A native of southern California, Emily is a recent graduate from Santa Clara University where she studied Economics and Spanish Studies. The highlight of her college experience was the semester she spent abroad in Granada, Spain. She knew she wanted to pursue a career in economic development after reading Half the Sky. Emily will be joining the Marketing and Communications team as a Blog and Social Media Intern and is especially excited to find new and creative ways to spread Kiva’s work to more people. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to country music, and re-watching Friends episodes for the millionth time. 

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